New and Improved? Updating the State’s Regional Transportation Guidelines

Thanks to Bill Sadler, California Senior Policy Manager at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for this update. See his original blog post here.

July 26, 2016

Last month, the California Transportation Commission and Caltrans kicked off the update to the state’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Guidelines. This will be the first update since 2010.

Since then, every region in California has created a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) as part of these regional plans, planning both for land use and transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Lessons learned?

Many regions have gone through this RTP/SCS planning process twice since 2010 — now is an important time to reflect on lessons learned and changes needed.

The guidelines should build on the best practices we have seen in regions across the state. We particularly want to see active transportation, public health and environmental justice strongly incorporated into this update.

And stay tuned: ClimatePlan is preparing a report on this, and is currently participating in the RTP guidelines work to encourage all regions to adopt “leading practices” from around the state.

Speedy process

The RTP guidelines update process will be quick – the first draft was released in early July with comments due August 5, and workgroups met on July 13 and 14 to review the draft with an eye on specific issues.

The guidelines are expected to be adopted by the end of the year, though the Safe Routes to School National Partnership submitted a comment letter along with 17 other organizations asking that the deadline be extended to allow more time for feedback.

Learn more and speak up

Stay tuned here and at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership blog. For more information on the RTP Guidelines Update, check out the Caltrans website.

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